The Trinamool Congress strongman of Bhangar, Arabul Islam, who was shifted to Critical Care Unit (CCU) of SSKM Hospital on Thursday evening, used a mobile phone inside the unit violating norms and despite requests of the doctors and the hospital staff not use it as it endangered the functioning of medical devices.
Three policemen who were posted by his bedside —Arabul is in judicial custody — on the third floor of the main block did prevent him from talking over the mobile phone. Arabul was occupying bed no 21 of the unit and was kept there between Thursday evening and Friday evening.
“We have asked the police to strictly follow the rules so that no one can use mobile phones inside ICU, CCU or ICCU after Thursday’s incident,” said Tamal Kanti Ghosh, medical superintendent-cum-vice principal of SSKM Hospital.
“Using mobile phones inside Critical Care Unit (CCU), Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Intensive Coronary Care Unit (ICCU), Intensive Therapy Unit (ITU), Respiratory Care Unit (RCU) and Head Injury Care Unit (HICU) is strictly prohibited as the electromagnetic waves of the phone interferes with other electronic equipment inside such units,” said Dr Ashutosh Ghosh, in-charge of the CCU.
Doctors complained that the Trinamool leader of Bhangar, who stands accused to assaulting former CPI(M) minister Adbur Rezzak Mollah, hardly adhered to any rule of the hospital.
“The first thing he did was refusing to wear hospital cloths. Wearing outside clothes inside the CCU is not allowed because it could cause severe infection to the patients. He was so stubborn that they had to allow him to have his way,” said a nursing staff of the CCU.
But the serious violation was the continuous use of the cell phone. He covered himself with a green bed sheet provided by the hospital and began making and taking calls. The nurses tried to stop him but he did not listen to them.
“He simply would not listen to anybody else and even misbehaved with the medical staff,” said a nurse of the CCU.
Family members of other patients of the CCU also protested but Arabul was not in a mood to listen to them. Doctors at SSKM hospital said it was against the interests of the other patients who were on life support system.
“His wife and brother used to come and meet him. They brought a mobile phone to show him the recorded clippings of various news channels to show the news aired on him,” said a medical attendant.
Police remained silent spectators of Arabul’s violation of CCU rules. The staff also questioned how could an accused in judicial custody use mobile phone in front of policemen guarding him. On Friday evening, Arabul was shifted to a cabin at Woodburn Block along with police guard.